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Do you have decent internet?

Over the past few years, the world has become more and more reliant on the wonder that is the World Wide Web. With the current state of employment and virtually no jobs being advertised offline, it is vital for the entire country to have a decent and stable internet connection. Thanet doesn’t exactly have this in place.

As the political world is demanding more and more of their services move to an online platform, with benefits being moved to online claims, the aforementioned job market and even booking an appointment with your GP moving to online, they've recognised the importance of everybody being online. It even made it into the Queen's speech.

Yet Thanet, and the majority of other rural areas in the Country, are falling behind. With average download speeds of 10MBS, this is simply not good enough for our computing needs anymore. MPs have also started to pull back from their push to make it a legal right to have decent internet, citing people not wanting to be connected.

There is something that can be done about this. Recently, a petition has been started to ask Craig Mackinlay to ensure that Thanet gets the internet connection that it deserves, nay, that it needs. You can sign here.

I'll be signing, will you?

David Chitty is a local fiction writer who spends far too much time tending to his beard. He can be found on davidchitty.com or you can like him on Facebook.
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Alien Invasion

Are we being invaded? Earlier this month several witnesses reported seeing an unidentified flying object over Manston. A video was captured of the alien craft:

This is not the first time we have had intergalactic visitors in Thanet. It appears there is a certain group of locals who are intent on tracking the movements of these foreign visitors, with the expressed view of showing the rest of us how terrible their presence would be. Various other sightings have been documented over the past few years, leading some to speculate we will soon be completely taken over by an alien horde.

This footage, filmed in Broadstairs, clearly shows an intergalactic reconnaissance mission:

Whilst this video, shot in Ramsgate, appears to be a ship on the lookout for potential amphibious abductees:

This was shot from Margate Harbour and looking out towards Reculver, and offers definitive proof of a small fleet of spacecraft flying in a formation:

The signs are all there, apparently. To some, this is the onset of Armageddon. But would it be so bad if a few aliens moved in? Maybe they are just on holiday, after reading about how Margate is now the fourth hippest place in the UK. Even if they are relocating, there's plenty of room here, and we are mostly a friendly bunch.

Whether they are from another galaxy, or travelling back in time from the future, or just from down the road, they’ve picked a great spot. Thanet is an incredible place to live, so it's no wonder the little green men want a part of it.

Maybe it's not quite time to dig out the tin hats and stock up on canned soup just yet.

About Seb: When he is not writing guest posts for Thanet Star Seb Reilly is a fiction writer and occasional musician from Thanet. Seb maintains a website at www.sebreilly.com.
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Scientific study shows migrants not the problem

Immigration has had no effect on unemployment or wages, a new study finds.

According to The Independent a new study that examined the impact of immigration found that it has had no impact whatsoever on jobs and wages despite public opinion otherwise.

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Researchers at the London School of Economics looked at the levels of immigration to each of Britain’s counties, and compared it to the unemployment rate in the same area across the same period. writes Jon Stone for The Independent. They found that there was no connection between how much immigration a county had seen between 2004 and 2012 and the area’s level of unemployment.

The study also examined whether immigration had effected wages levels (by causing them to fall, as some claim) or if immigration led to a fall in so called "low skill" jobs or even a rise in youth unemployment. It found that migration into the UK had made no difference to these areas at all.

Despite what certain anti-EU types might suggest the impact in all these areas was none at all. In some areas average wages rose but the correlation - that is the provable relationship between two things - was non existent.

The only significant change that immigration has caused is a reduction in Britiain's public spending deficit. This is because migrants are generally hard working and well trained and pay plenty of taxes. The University College of London noted that the migrant contribution to reducing our deficit was substantial.

The problem of unemployment in Thanet - as elsewhere - is that there just are no damn jobs to start with. People coming here from other parts of the world makes no difference to that. The only thread of hope here is the massive investment the EU is planning to make towards job creation.

Despite certain new comers demands for rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty the facts speak for themselves. We need jobs, the EU will be able to help get us jobs and immigrants are not taking jobs away from us (but they are paying for benefits). Anyone who tells you otherwise is talking from their backside, it seems.

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Thanet Finder Adds Image Search

Thanet Finder, Thanet's first and only dedicated search engine, has been updated to include image search.

Thanet Finder was started as a community project in 2008. Since then the core group of maintainers (which often includes Thanet Star's Matt B) have been working hard to keep us connected to everything related to Thanet.

Thanet Finder leverages the power of Google and recently the search giant has released tools that have allowed Thanet's search engine to return a dedicated Thanet image search.

The new search option is still very new but we are all hopeful that this will be an enhancement that will prove useful to people.

Take the newly improved Thanet Finder for a spin.

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Did you talk to The Guardian?

Apparently The Guardian was in Broadstairs talking to people about the upcoming election next year.

Sadly my health did not allow me to go and join in with talking to the report(s) but I am hoping that some of our readers did. Perhaps you even managed to snap a few pictures?

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